The deal will allow the port operator to improve at the operational level, while building its presence in the region
Johor Port Bhd will collaborate with Indonesian port operator, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia 1 (Persero), on logistics operations under an agreement reached last Thursday.
Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), Johor Port, an MMC Port Holdings Sdn Bhd’s unit, and Persero will explore cooperation opportunities in the port and logistics business between the two countries.
This will include the operation, management and joint collaboration of existing and new port developments; and the establishment of roll-on roll-off activities and shipping connectivity between the ports operated by Persero in Sumatera and Aceh and the MMC group.
Johor Port chairman Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh (picture) said the MoU will allow the port operator to improve at the operational level, while building its presence in the region.
“Collaboration with Persero serves as a catalyst that will enhance the development and further quality improvement efforts in our port operations, competencies and efficiencies alongside other international players,” Che Khalib said in a statement last week.
“This is in line with our vision to become the most efficient and integrated multi-purpose port in the region.”
The collaboration extends beyond logistics to tap into both companies’ experience and expertise in port training services, consultation on container and conventional operations and inter-port logistics services, while establishing a sister port partnership programme.
Under the sister port partnership, Johor Port alongside MMC Port will develop joint marketing activities with Persero to enhance feeder service to the Indonesian-Malaysia- Thailand growth triangles and Singapore-Johor-Riau.
This is aimed at encouraging the trading of commodities and cargo consolidation activities in Johor.
The port training services will be conducted by Johor Port’s own Johor Port Skill Centre, a Human Resources Development Fundaccredited approved training provider for major local ports.
Johor Port presently operates a total area of 1,000 acres (404.68ha) of which 660 acres are designated as a free zone.
MMC Port manages Johor Port and Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Johor, Northport in Port Klang, Penang Port and the Melaka-based Tanjung Bruas Port.
It is a wholly owned unit of MMC Corp Bhd and the largest logistics company in Malaysia.